News in Brief: Oscars winners, PlayStation’s best year yet, and a look at the future of film

This week, Chloé Zhao becomes the first WOC to be awarded the best director Academy Award, NZ games awards announced, Andy Trieu reviews the first-ever Asian-Australian romcom, and more.

This week in Awards 

  • The Strangest Oscars in History?
    Critics attacked Soderbergh’s Academy Award ceremony for its anticlimax and lack of spectacle. But there were deserving winners, intimate moments and a real sense of an industry grappling with reality over fantasy.
  • Oscars 2021: Full list of winners and nominations
    The 93rd Academy awards winners have been announced. Here is the full list of nominees with winners highlighted.

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in production

  • ABC crime series Troppo starring Thomas Jane to film in Queensland
    Jocelyn Moorhouse will direct the series based on Candice Fox’s bestselling novel, Crimson Lake.
  • Marc Fennell to host ABC documentary series fighting racism at school
    The series sees students participate in a social experiment where they learn about racial bias and how to make positive change.
  • Apple TV+ series Physical announced, featuring Rose Byrne and Craig Gillespie
    Physical is a 10-episode dark comedy about the world of 1980’s aerobics, airing in June on Apple’s subscription streaming service.
  • Hamish Blake signs on to host LEGO Masters for two more years
    The comedian and presenter will host two further seasons of 9Network’s incredibly popular series, which launched its third season this week to an enthusiastic reception. Michael Healy, Nine’s Director of Television, described it as ‘ultimate feel-good program,’ continuing that: ‘It’s also one of those rare programs to resonate with people of all ages. We’re thrilled today to be able to commit to LEGO® Masters for an additional two series.’

on screen

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob